Ode to Writers Cafe Poets

Ode to Writers Cafe Poets

A Poem by Carol Cashes

Homage to you all


To all the poets of the Writers Café

I hereby pay homage to your enlightening array

of verses and lyrics which delight and dismay

using words I never knew-much less ever say!


You whirl and twirl your prose in stylish assertions

like a merry-go-round, with no discernable exertion!

I find myself lost and complete in my immersion,

I’m a poet at heart! Who knew?  But I’m certain


that had I not read such moving prose

my mind would yet see poems as foes,

written in language though sweet as a rose

would remain closed to me. Now, in silent repose


I have uncovered an extraordinary world

of battles with soldiers, mighty spears hurled

and scuffles with conscience, depression-words slurred

by battles with alcohol-drugs, bodies curled


in tight fetal positions and sometimes much shaking

your longing for love, acceptance, need taking

by someone past known, or one of your making,

the words are heartfelt, not one of you faking


your desires.  And sometimes your merry wit

brings spontaneous smiles while I sit

reading and learning, my lamps long lit

far in the night, in my own writing pit


created by me for just this endeavor

to learn, to absorb-by all means whatever

I can assemble, no matter the weather

outside, while in here, soul becomes light-like a feather!


You’ve welcomed my elementary works,

praising and encouraging-it always perks

my ego, my pride-you literary Young Turks

pulling from me rhymes with insistent jerks

that I try!  That I exercise my ‘till now unknown skill

of making use of language and bend to my will

words whirling and twirling in the same spinning reel

that you, dear poets, labor to instill


in me the same love of articulate expression

that comes to you naturally, free of oppression

from form, format and most certainly repression

that hinders one from total possession


of powerful wording to say what you mean,

to mean what you say, padded or lean,

stanzas with heart, pictures now seen

of what’s in your mind-so sharp!  So keen!


Now I humbly submit, this prose-so tame

compared to you poets, and it might sound lame,

but this time, dear fellows, it’s not the same,

for this modest offering-is in Miz Carol’s name!








© 2017 Carol Cashes

Author's Note

Carol Cashes
If you find issues, remember you inspired it!

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Chuckling here... welcome to our world.

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

I HATE feeling out of my depth, and when I first got here and began to read poetry, I felt a little .. read more

11 Months Ago

We "poets" are a strange bunch ...chuckling here
Thank you for writing this piece for us! I really enjoyed reading it! Thank you Carol! ^^

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

*bowing* No, Joey, THANK YOU!!
Joey Nizz

11 Months Ago

Hehe you are most welcome ^^
third stanza from the top and the third stanza up from the bottom are the strongest in the run. this was an homage of humble praises and wonderful energy. i laughed when i read it was going to be a story and it was set in iambic format, laughed as i read it for it's obvious wit, and i laughed trying to picture you stepping out of the writers pit and into the poetry corner of the room. carol, i am pleased to have read something with as much lightheartedness as this poem contains. you have made my day

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

I'm so glad you liked it. I would never have considered myself a poet until I joined this site, but.. read more
Ohhh, Carol!
First, a low, sweeping bow of humble affection for all the kudos and inspiring praise to us all.
For a blooming poetess, one would be hard pressed to find reason for holding back appreciative applause for your effulgently glowing efforts.
Excepting a few, your mono-rhymes are spot-on, your syntax virtually dances off the page, and how uniquely original to en-jamb so many lines that seamlessly breeze your reader smoothly as wet silk though every verse … honestly, I think this is better than 75% of those I read onsite, even though it could use some easy polishing here and there.
I'm truly amazed a writer of stories can compose such an epic piece without breaking mood and/or topic nuance, and the punch of your emotion sweeps one's senses up into the moment's ambience, as if we are feathers hoisted on a happy breeze.
You've managed to keep it simple, but deep, enjoyable but serious, embracing, but not too tightly so.
Truly, you wrote this from your heart … I can tell by the manner in which you labored to get it "just right" to gift us something that is your best.
You are not only a very skilled writer, you've a fine potential as an accomplished poetess, and you are a rare breed, indeed, Carol.

Thank you ever-so warmly and gratefully for slathering us with such wonderful icing … BIG, TEXAS-SIZED HUGGGS! ⁓ Richard ; )

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

First, in keeping with the spirit in which you wrote this glowing review - that you consider it wort.. read more

11 Months Ago

When I speak in such a way, Carol, it is from the heart, and no one deserves it more-so than You! ; .. read more
You're such a modest girl. I feel you'll be rewarded for this repartee of words. Sending you a chunky kitkat to enjoy on your coffee break.

Posted 11 Months Ago

Paul Bell

11 Months Ago

Second attempt merits a Yorkie Bar.
Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

*Thesaurus is open* Hmmm...letta me see........
Paul Bell

11 Months Ago

Feeling brain movement here. You go girl. lol
This is inspiring, and I can't believe that you primarily post stories. I haven't had the chance to read any but I'll soon be checking them out. I want to continue to work until my poetry flows as beautifully as this. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

My goodness, let your work flow as it will, and did in the one I've read so far. Stories you may li.. read more
You have real talent. This is very well-put together!

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

I'm a story teller. This is my 4th poem...ever. Thanks for reading this, I sincerely appreciate it.. read more
I liked how you made this to the writers on this site! Very good!

Posted 11 Months Ago

To be honest, this poem shows a lot more skill than at least 75% of what I read here ... I loved it.
You rhyming was natural and spot-on, which is something rare to find in a rhyming piece, much less a rather lengthy one with a difficult rhyme scheme. I love that you kept a lighthearted tone throughout while still maintaining depth an sincerity in your message. I also loved how your enjambment allowed the stanzas to flow seamlessly into one another.
My favorite part was stanzas four through six ("I have uncovered an extraordinary world ... far in the night, in my own writing pit). I love how you painted such vivid emotions there, expressing virtually every motive poets have for writing.
The author's note was the icing on the cake for me ... you were witty from the first word to the last.

One minor critique: I know it's a common practice, but when you capitalize every line, it makes your ideas a bit hard to follow, especially if your lines don't follow a predictable "sing-song" pattern. I suggest only capitalizing the lines that begin new sentences.

- William Liston

Posted 11 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

11 Months Ago

I'm typing on my phone, but will make the changes you suggest at the earliest opportunity. I used M.. read more
A lovely, well-rhymed tribute to our diverse community.
Thank you, Carol.
Much enjoyed!

Posted 11 Months Ago

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